Peephole perspective: The Seahawks were stopped on downs three times. The Texans’ offense went into snooze-control. Texans, 34-7.
Player of the quarter: Brice McCain. The Texans’ nickel back was all over a Matt Hasselbeck pass to Deon Butler in the end zone and also broke up a pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh – also in the end zone.
Play of the quarter: On a third-and-1 play, Texans RB Ryan Moats lost the ball and Seahawks MLB David Hawthorne scooped up the fumble and returned it to the Houston 26-yard line.
Line of the quarter: 0-3. The Seahawks went for it on fourth down on three consecutive possessions, and failed to convert each time.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks got another turnover on the sixth play of the quarter, when Hawthorne recovered Moats’ fumble and returned it to the Texans’ 26. But the Seahawks couldn’t score, as McCain broke up Hasselbeck fourth-down pass to Houshmandzadeh in the end zone.
The Seahawks also were stopped on downs on their next possession. They had a first-and-10 at the Texans’ 16, but then came a pass interference call on Houshmandzadeh and two false starts against RT Ray Willis.
Burleson never returned from his ankle injury, and Houshmandzadeh was drilled by SS Dominique Barber on an incomplete pass late in the fourth quarter and left the field.
The Seahawks next possession? It also ended on downs.
Before the game could end, however, until rookie LB Aaron Curry was taken from the field on a cart.